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CMI – UK election result an important lesson for managers

CMI’s chief executive, Ann Francke, says lessons can be learned from the two main political campaigns that preceded yesterday’s General Election.

Ann Francke

CMI’s chief executive, Ann Francke, says the managerial leadership of the campaigns has been reflected by the results.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had expected to strengthen the Conservative party’s majority ahead of impending Brexit negotiations. Instead, her party failed to reach a majority.

CMI’s chief executive, Ann Francke, says the managerial leadership of the campaigns has been reflected by the results.

“The Conservative campaign was led and managed in a way that lacked transparency, was not inclusive and did not inspire trust,” she said.

The campaign also lacked consistency and “ignored the opinions of large swathes of the electorate,” she added.

“On the other side, the Labour campaign had clear visibility of leadership, was very inclusive and they were very clear in their manifesto, targeting people with policies they knew would resonate.”

Managers need to be careful of taking unnecessary risks, as things can and do go wrong.

Important lesson for managers

Francke also believes the two campaigns present managers with an important learning opportunity.

“The two campaigns act as a how-to-do-it and how-not-to-do-it,” she said.

This is also a good reminder for managers that, no matter how strong your position may seem, you cannot take anything for granted.

Francke believes the election result could have benefits for the future of British politics.

Equally, there is a lesson to avoid unnecessary risk, she says – not least because of the opinions that people can form of risk-takers.

“There are necessary risks and unnecessary risks, and managers need to be careful of taking the unnecessary risks, as things can and do go wrong,” she said.

Positive impact is possible

Nevertheless, Francke believes the election result could have benefits for the future of British politics.

“This result is a call for any party that is going to be leading the government to be more mindful of including a broader spectrum of views,” she said.

They will have to be because no one party has a majority. So, they will have to reach out and be more inclusive in their policies, in their thinking and in the shaping of their policies.

See the full article at CMI, and our recent short interview with Ann Francke.